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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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ARCA joins the Contamination Expo Series 2019

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, will be exhibiting and speaking at the Contamination Expo Series on 11 – 12 September 2019 at the NEC Birmingham.

The event will provide ARCA a platform to continue communicating how ARCA members can assist in safely managing and removing asbestos, and highlight property owners and managers legal responsibilities.

“One of our aims is to continually raise professional standards across the industry. We introduced unannounced site audits to the industry, over two years ago, as previously we arranged audits of members. This means ARCA members have no prior notice of when an ARCA auditor will be on-site to assess their performance,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“Our members need to continually demonstrate they are working to high standards to maintain membership, by undertaking two satisfactory unannounced site audits every year. This strengthens the level of reassurance of ARCA Members performance, for all parties, including end-clients. I believe we are the only trade association to run this type of audit scheme in any industry,” concluded Steve Sadley.

“We are delighted to have the support of ARCA again this year as having asbestos experts at the event is crucial,” stated Daniel Rogers, Events Director of the Contamination Expo Series. “Having the attendance of this leading association will help drive the messages about asbestos to the professionals involved in managing the health and safety risks associated with asbestos in buildings.”

Visit ARCA on stand J31.

Entrance to the exhibition and seminars is free – tickets can be ordered here.


ARCA to Colour Code Site Audit Reports

Coding to confirm type of audit

Going forward ARCA site audit reports will be colour coded and clearly labelled to indicate the type of audit, such as, ‘ARCA Site Audit – Unannounced’. Therefore, all parties, including the HSE, will know exactly the type of ARCA audit a report refers to.


Gold for ‘ARCA Site Audit – Unannounced’ – an unannounced Site Accreditation Audit Scheme audit to maintain membership

Dark Green for ‘Additional Site Audit – Unannounced’ – an additional ARCA site audit booked by a member for ARCA to choose site and carry out without any prior notice

Light Green for ‘Additional Site Audit by Arrangement’ – an additional ARCA site audit booked by a member for a specific site and time

“This system wilARCA Site Audit Report Headings - 680kbl confirm, to all parties, including the HSE at licence renewal application, which audits were unannounced. That is, those the member had no prior notice of an auditor arriving on-site, which therefore gives a stronger level of reassurance of performance,” commented Geoff Silver, ARCA Membership Compliance Manager.

ARCA Member Regional Meetings – Dates for your diary!

Dates for the next round of ARCA member regional meetings are now available online.

The regional meetings will include an update on ARCA News, the Asbestos Leadership Council and NVQ’s. We will discuss the CITB Grants and Funding that will be available 2019/2020, covering the new application form, and the assessment dates.

Register for your free place here in one simple step.

We looking forward to seeing you soon!

CITB to update Health, Safety & Environment Test

The CITB has announced more improvements to the Health, Safety and Environment Test as from the 26 June 2019.

The Health, Safety and Environment Test is a requirement when applying for CSCS Cards.

All versions of the test have been reviewed and where applicable the questions have been updated to keep up with current legislation. The Operatives test in particular will have a substantial update to better reflect the range of day to day tasks and responsibilities an Operative has on-site.

In the revised test candidates will have one section of questions, rather than two, as behavioural case studies and accompanying questions will be taken out. However, behavioural elements will be incorporated into many of the 50 test questions. Candidates will still have 45 minutes to answer the 50 questions.

With one section of questions the score will be easier to understand and with the new scoring, candidates will need the following scores to pass the test:

  • Operatives Test: pass mark is 45 out of 50
  • Specialist/Supervisory Test: pass mark is 45 out of 50
  • Managers and Professionals Test: pass mark is 46 out of 50

The CITB will be making updated revision material available from 15 May 2019.

Further information can be found on the CITB Website.

Air Management Workshop – dates now available

Following a number of requests from members, ARCA has now made available an Air Management Workshop at regular intervals throughout the year.

This one-day course on air management within an asbestos removal enclosure, will include both classroom and practical sessions. It will expand candidate’s knowledge and understanding by covering the three principal components of air management and the importance of good air management as a control measure. Also, using a pre-built enclosure and NPU, air flow and movement, and flap deflection will be demonstrated.

Further information is available online, or call us on 01283 505777.